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13th Season (21st Overall)
Career Record: 519-553-1
Utah Record: 274-370-1

Coaching Highlights:
> Led the Utes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1960 in 2009. Utah won its first-ever MWC title for the automatic bid.
> Seven Utah players drafted in the first 10 rounds, including the Utes' first-ever first-round selection in C.J. Cron (2011, 17th overall).
> Led the USA Baseball Collegiate Team to a silver medal at the 2010 FISU World University Championships in Japan. The team went 16-3 during the summer.
> Went 25-12 with 2007 US National Team as pitching coach, with the team finishing with a 1.93 ERA.
> Established school records for wins in a season at UTEP (1985), Wyoming (1990) and Utah (1996)
> 1990 WAC Coach of the Year

The dedicated and personable Bill Kinneberg enters his 13th season at the helm of the Utah baseball team, with 2016 marking his 21st year as a head coach at the collegiate level.

Kinneberg led Utah back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1960 in 2009, as the Utes won their first Mountain West Conference tournament with a 9-3 win over San Diego State in the championship game. Utah won two games at NCAA’s, defeating Gonzaga and Georgia Southern in the Fullerton Regional.

Several players have earned national honors under Kinneberg. C.J. Cron was a two-time first-team All-American in 2010 and 2011, a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, the two-time District Player of the Year and a two-time MWC Player of the Year. Ryan Khoury earned first-team All-America honors in 2006, and was also District Player of the Year and MWC Player of the Year.

Kinneberg has had seven players drafted in the first 10 rounds out of Utah, including the Utes’ first-ever first-round selection in 2011, when Cron was the 17th overall pick. Stephen Fife was a third-round pick in 2008 while Tyler Wagner was drafted in the fourth round in 2012. Other high draftees include two-time honorable mention Pac-12 selection Mitch Watrous in the eighth round in 2014, Rick Anton in the eighth round in 2011, Bret Helton in the ninth round in 2015 and Nick Green in the 10th round in 2014.

Cron has spent two years with the Los Angeles Angels (2014-15) while Wagner was promoted to the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015 and was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to the 2016 season. Fife pitched in 18 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2012-14 and will start spring training in the Chicago Cubs organization after sitting out a year with an injury.

Kinneberg's teams have rewritten the record books. Cron shattered the career batting average mark during his three seasons. Jay Brossman holds records for hits, doubles and total bases. Corey Shimada ranks first in the record books for triples, stolen bases, runs scored and walks. Wagner has a school-record 17 career saves.

In 20 seasons as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level, Kinneberg has a record of 519-553-1. He earned his 400th career victory in the 2009 NCAA tournament with a win over Gonzaga with his 500th career win coming against Nevada on April 25, 2014.

Kinneberg has coached collegiate baseball for 31 years. His teams established school records for victories in a season at UTEP in 1985, Wyoming in 1990 and Utah in 1996.

Kinneberg is in his second stint as head coach for the Utes. During Kinneberg's first stint as Utah’s head coach in 1996, he led the Utes to a 30-22 record. His squad tied for third place in the Western Athletic Conference's Northern Division and three players earned all-WAC honors. Kinneberg returned to the program on Sept. 15, 2004.

Kinneberg has also made his mark on the national scene. In 2010 he served as the head coach of the US National Team that won a silver medal at the FISU World University Championships in Japan.

Kinneberg has done several stints with USA Baseball. He served as the pitching coach in 2007 and 1999. The 2007 pitching staff turned in a 25-12 mark in international competition, and finished with a scant 1.93 earned-run average. Kinneberg also spent several years as director of the organization's athlete development program.

Prior to joining the Utah staff, Kinneberg worked for the Chicago White Sox organization as a minor league pitching coach.

From 1996 through 2001, Kinneberg was the associate head coach at the University of Arizona. The Wildcats were 124-102 and advanced to an NCAA Regional during Kinneberg's tenure. He served an assistant baseball coach at Arizona State from 1992 through 1994. During the 1993 and 1994 seasons, Kinneberg helped lead the Sun Devils to back-to-back appearances in the College World Series.

Kinneberg was the head baseball coach at Wyoming from 1986 through 1992. While in charge of the Cowboys' program, Kinneberg guided his team to the WAC playoffs in five of his seven seasons. In 1990, he earned WAC Coach of the Year honors, leading Wyoming to a 37-18 record. Kinneberg coached 16 All-WAC players while in Laramie.

Kinneberg served as head coach at UTEP in 1985. Prior to that, he was an assistant at UTEP for four seasons.

In addition to his duties with USA Baseball, Kinneberg worked with the Italian Olympic team in 1984, serving as pitching coach.

Kinneberg is a 1980 graduate of Arizona. He played two years with the Wildcats, going 7-4 on the mound with seven saves, including an appearance in the 1979 College World Series. Kinneberg earned a master’s degree from UTEP in 1982.

Kinneberg and his wife Janet reside in Sandy, Utah. They have two children, Joe (15) and David (13).

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